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Lake Michigan Beach and Dune Grass

Great Lakes Week – Cleveland

Unlike other parts of the country (or the world for that matter), people living in and around the Great Lakes are very cognizant of both the unique benefits the Great Lakes bring them such as… Read More >

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Vapor Intrusion Assessment – An Overview

Introduction Redevelopment of contaminated land and land adjacent to contaminated sites can be a relatively straightforward process when you work with a good environmental consultant that understands the special risks and concerns a developer faces. … Read More >

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bigstock-Abandoned-Factory-194312

Interview – An Environmental Consultant’s Perspective on Industrial Property Reuse

Today’s blog features an interview I had with Doug McDowell of McDowell & Associates regarding the increased focus on using abandoned industrial sites for business incubators in urban areas.  Although these sites are attractive to… Read More >

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bigstock-Michigan-Capitol-Building-Dome-7678144

Regulatory Reform in Michigan’s Underground Storage Tank (“UST”) Program

In May 2012, a six bill package was signed into law by Governor Snyder to amend the procedures for the cleanup of contamination caused by leaking USTs.  This bill package amends Michigan’s Part 213 (Leaking… Read More >

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Kalamazoo River Oil Spill – Two Years Later

Two years ago this week an oil pipeline owned by Canadian-based Enbridge oil company and operated by Enbridge Energy Partners ruptured spilling more than a million gallons of “dilbit” crude oil into the Kalamazoo River… Read More >

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bigstock-Environmental-Monitoring-Well--8421343

Update on Michigan’s Groundwater Surface water Interface Criteria and Compliance

On June 20, 2012, Governor Snyder signed into law Michigan’s Senate Bill No. 1090 amending MCL 324.20120(e) of Michigan’s Part 201.  As we discussed in an earlier blog entry on April 23, 2012, many owners and… Read More >

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Written Tests Required for Operators at Underground Storage Tank (“UST”) Facilities.

Pursuant to a federal mandate, Michigan has promulgated requirements that each UST facility have a Class A, Class B, and Class C operator.  Operator candidates will need to pass a written test in order to… Read More >

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Live Blog: Re-Purposing Industrial Facilities

Good morning! Today we’re live blogging a panel discussion (see prior post for panelists) on redeveloping under-utilized industrial and commercial properties – a timely topic in the Metro Detroit area which has a large stock… Read More >

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bigstock-Abandoned-Factory-194312

Re-purposing Industrial and Commercial Properties

At 8:30 am Wednesday June 6th, we’re going to try something new: we will be live blogging a breakfast round-table discussion at the Tech Shop in Dearborn. The topic of the discussion is redeveloping and… Read More >

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bigstock-Angry-businessman-tearing-up-a-24814454

Michigan’s Emergency Manager Could Rescind Brownfield Agreements

Your Brownfield reimbursement agreements may be in jeopardy.  A new concern has been raised as to whether the broad powers granted to emergency managers could be used to terminate Brownfield reimbursement agreements and render ineffective… Read More >